Theoretically, I’m supposed to be dating men who are 50 to 65. I have nothing in common with men who are retired and that’s the brunt of age-appropriate men. I was in a great mood and had just pulled the plug on the last serial dater I’d been seeing when we exchanged pleasantries.

You have to find a spot in life that you really love being in and love being in it alone.

Then other people who love it, too, start to show up in your life, whether they’re long-term relationship material or just fun people to be with and help you expand your horizons.

I’d like a companion and partner, not a stranger in my house or a roommate.

I’m good without, I’m good with, but I’m miserable if I have to compromise myself spiritually and creatively. Sure, online dating is still an avenue for meeting people, but this last round, I was just looking to socialize and nothing more.

I think I’d be doing well to hit a 80% match with anyone, whether romantic or platonic, but how can I trust I’d find that on a dating site that has so many untruthful profiles?

Of course, the real reason for not finding a satisfactory match online is simple: we’re not an energetic match or we’re “not at the same vibration.” I’m not what they’re looking for and they’re not what I’m looking for.

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I stare at the blank form on the website — the one that invites me to open my heart and pursue my soul mate via a labyrinth stocked with eligible men.